I’ve mentioned Stanley Park a few times in the last few blog posts. So here’s a bit more information about the part from Wikipedia.
It is more than 10% larger than New York City’s Central Park and almost half the size of London’s Richmond Park. The park attracts an estimated eight million visitors every year, including locals and tourists, who come for its recreational facilities and its natural attributes. A paved 8.8 kilometres (5.5 mi) seawall path circles the park, which is used by 2.5 million pedestrians, cyclists, and inline skaters every year. Much of the park remains forested with an estimated half million trees, some of which stand as tall as 76 metres (249 ft) and are up to hundreds of years old. There are approximately 200 kilometres (120 mi) of trails and roads in the park, which are patrolled by the Vancouver Police Department’s equine mounted squad. The Project for Public Spaces has ranked Stanley Park as the sixteenth best park in the world and sixth best in North America.
I didn’t realize it was larger than Central Park, but that doesn’t surprise me. The park does stretch on and on yielding one surprise after another. For me, the most amazing aspect of the park is the gardens that it contains. I don’t know how many gardeners must be employed to keep such a huge space presentable, but it is a significant workforce. And, they do their job well. The park is beautiful. Both highly visited sections and trails that are likely not used nearly as much are equally beautiful.
This particular image was taken at the park headquarters. The planting beds around the building were spectacular. Literally, around every bend there was another beautiful bed of flowers or green space to absorb. This particular grouping of tulips, japanese maple, forget-me-not, and turf against the stone and metal building facade made for an especially interesting composition. I spent quite a while composing and altering depth of field in order to capture the image I was looking for. I don’t know that this one is perfect, but it’s still pretty to look at. Enjoy.